Do Animals Have Natural Rights?

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Animals have had legal protection from unnecessary harm since the 19th century. Yet what harm is necessary is open to interpretation and animals continue to suffer and die for science and commerce. Should they have the right to freedom from humans?

Additional Links

An Imaginary Ladder: Our Cruel Conquest of Animals

Unnecessary Fuss (1984 PETA film – GRAPHIC)

Can Animals Be Moral Agents?

Triad of Evil

The History of Animal Rights Extremism

Animal Rights Considered in Relation to Social Progress

Should Chimpanzees Have Legal Rights?